We live in a world where multilingualism is the norm and monolingualism the exception. How do we deal with the challenges that this brings with it for the individual, for society and for institutions?

There's no doubt that multilingualism has important implications for communication, identity, social and cultural integration, development and education. With its world-leading expertise in the fields of cognition, society and language, the University of Groningen now offers a one-year Master's programme in Multilingualism at University Campus Fryslan (UCF) in co-operation with NHL University of Applied Sciences.

The Multilingualism Master is unique in combining the teaching of many societal, individual, educational, cultural and historical aspects of multilingualism with a practical, research-driven approach. Students learn to deal with day-to-day issues such as helping companies overcome communication problems, design language policies or give schools advice on how best to teach children with foreign language backgrounds. They receive an MA degree in Linguistics.

The challenging Master's specialization in Multilingualism is situated in the picturesque town of Leeuwarden, capital of the officially multilingual province Fryslân in the Netherlands. Frisian is the second official language of the country. This setting allows students immediate access to a multilingual laboratory.

Entry Requirements

Specific requirements
Entry test

Applicants may be asked to sit an entry test if they do not have a background in linguistics

Language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

Previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Other Arts degrees (admission interview required)
  • Social sciences (admission interview required)

Students who have a bachelor's degree from a university in the Netherlands are eligible for enrolment if they have completed modules in linguistics as part of their degree.

These students can enrol in Studielink.nl and then get in touch with us to receive an admission letter. This admission letter must be taken to the Student Desk of the Faculty of Arts (http://www.rug.nl/(...)bureau-studentzaken/) where a Declaration of Admissions to Final Exams (VTAE) must be filled in to complete the enrolment.

Students from other backgrounds (such as other Arts degrees, or degrees in the Social Sciences or Law) are also very welcome to apply to the programme. Please get in touch with the programme coordinator to determine whether you need to complete a pre-master programme before enrolling.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Office and the Admissions Board.

Job prospects

With your MA-degree you could become a policy consultant, or an advisor to national and international governmental organizations and NGOs. You could also become an expert on how to deal with multilingualism in education, or on how to approach language planning for governments.

Upon graduation, students hold a (60 ECTS) MA degree in Linguistics with specialisation in Multilingualism from the University of Groningen. A student's career after that depends on the kind of person they are. The field of multilingualism is open for enterprising minds. Being one of the main challenges in a globalizing world multilingualism creates many issues, situations and problems that can be solved only by experts.

Linguistics is a field of science that is becoming increasingly important to other fields. Language is central to the study of human behaviour and activities. A degree in Linguistics can therefore also see you into a career in related fields such psychology, sociology, computer science or education sciences. Many of the skills you are taught in an MA in Linguistics are transferable. You will probably find that your analytical competence, ability to write, as well as your capacity to solve problems, will significantly improve after studying towards an MA degree.

Job examples

  • Consultant
  • Teaching specialist
  • Researcher
  • Civil servant
  • Communication specialist
  • Publisher
  • Technical Writing
  • Copywriter
  • Translation expert

Language: English (100%)
Start course: September 01, 2019
Application deadlines: EU/EEA students: May 01, 2018; non-EU/EEA students: May 01, 2018

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